Goodbye, Sen. Graham and Gov. Pataki

almost 4 years ago

In December, the pack of Republican candidates seeking a bid for the White House grew smaller with the withdrawal of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York Gov. George Pataki from the race.

In honor of their departure, we present their top three climate quotes, according to our esteemed #ClimateEye team. If you have a different favorite, please feel free to share it in the comments.

Sen. Graham:

In several interviews: "I'm not a scientist. I made a D in science. But when 90 percent of climatologists tells you it's real, who am I to tell them they don't know what they are talking about?"

From the first Republican debate: "You can trust me to do the following: that when I get on stage with Hillary Clinton, we won't be debating about the science, we'll be debating about the solutions. In her world, cap- and-trade would dominate, that we will destroy the economy in the name of helping the environment. In my world, we'll focus on energy independence and a clean environment. When it comes to fossil fuels, we're going to find more here and use less. Over time, we're going to become energy independent. I am tired of sending $300 billion overseas to buy oil from people who hate our guts. The choice between a weak economy and a strong environment is a false choice, that is not the choice I'll offer America."

From the campaign trail: "People are all over the board on climate change. I've been to the Arctic, I've been to Alaska. I think CO2 emissions are heating up the planet. How much, I don't know. But if half of it's true, that's pretty serious. I just want a pro-business way to fix it. Young people, to their credit, are very environmentally sensitive."

Gov. Pataki:

From an interview with Grist: "I'd love to shout it from the rooftop! And I hope to do that. I wish I'd been asked the [climate] question at the debate."

From the No Labels conference: "The solution is not our government raising energy costs on Americans through regulation. It's our government working to empower innovation and technology because when we do something like fracking, when we create the next generation of solar panels that are much cheaper than any other source of energy, we're not just reducing our emissions, we're creating a technology we can export to China, we can export to India, allowing them to lower their emissions while we are strengthening our economy."

From an interview on Fox News Sunday: "Republicans should embrace innovation, American invention. We are the only country in the world that today has fewer greenhouse gas emissions than in 1995 and it's not because of the EPA or big government programs. It's because of private industry innovation."

We hope both Sen. Graham and Gov. Pataki continue to push for free enterprise solutions to climate change.